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County awarded ThreeStar grant

Locally, funds will help build second CCHS greenhouse NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the 63 counties, including Clay, which will receive ThreeStar Competitive Grants. The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development. Clay County was one of 15 counties […]

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Clay County proposes $17.7 million 2017-2018 budget

The proposed 2017-2018 Clay County budget shows the estimated fiscal spending plan includes expenditures totaling $17,724,570 — which is down over $450,000 from last year’s estimated number of $18,185,664. (see the published version below) Besides the upcoming fiscal year’s proposed numbers and the estimated 2016-2017 tally, the information also details the actual 2015-2016 budget-total of […]

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Celina Mayor Willie Kerr will not seek re-election

CELINA-Celina Mayor Willie Kerr announced last week he will not be a candidate for re-election in the upcoming 2017 City elections this spring.   Kerr also looked back on the accomplishments and progress made during the past eight years. “I am very grateful to have served as your mayor for the last eight years,” Kerr […]

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City government election set in Celina, Tennessee June 6

CELINA-An election that will decide the aldermen and a new mayor for the city government here will be held June 6, according to the official notice on page 3 of this week’s HORIZON. The notice also states that the qualifying deadline to run for those offices is March 21, 2017 at noon. Citizens wishing to […]

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Commission requests size reduction for school board

Clay County, TN-Minutes from the December meeting of the Clay County commissioners show that the commission unanimously voted to “change the number of school board members from ten (10) to five (5) members….” The motion was made by Bryan Coons and seconded by Parish Wright. All members present voted aye. The action took place during […]

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Chancellor’s injunction keeps Clay County schools open

Published in print October 14, 2015 Restraining order comes after board vote to close; hearing set next Monday CELINA-“Pursuant to an injunction order from chancellor Ronald Thurman, Clay County Schools will remain open until further notice,” a statement from the Clay County Schools central office said late Friday afternoon. The news came just hours after […]

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Bailey elected to Clay County School board chairmanship

Published in print September 30, 2015 HERMITAGE SPRINGS-During their September meeting here, school board members elected a new chairman. Minutes showed current chairman David West nominated Benji Bailey and board member Nathan Sherrell “made a motion that all nominations cease and that Mr. Bailey be elected by acclimation.” Minutes explained board member Chris McLerran seconded […]

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October 9 Clay County schools closure date remains on the table

Published in print September 30, 2015 By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor HERMITAGE SPRINGS-Despite action taken by the county commission to avoid a county shutdown late last month, the possibility of schools closing next week remains on the table, according to recently released September school board minutes and comments from director of schools Jerry Strong […]

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Tennessee comptroller accepts county’s budget action; education commissioner’s approval still needed to keep schools open

Published in print September 9, 2015 By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor CELINA-Action taken by the Clay County commission here last week has been accepted by the State Comptroller’s Office effectively fending off a county shutdown, but the same can’t be said for the school system in the coming months as of yet. “The comptroller […]

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Clay County Commission passes budget to continue operations

Published in print September 2, 2015 School closing still in question By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor CELINA-In a special called meeting here Monday night county commissioners passed a budget to continue operations the next day, but wether or not schools will close in the future remains unknown. After the budget committee voted to recommend […]

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Wheel tax referendum proposal met with special session Thursday to discuss possible Sept. 4 closing of Clay County schools

A potential wheel tax referendum proposal born of last week’s county budget committee meeting has prompted the Clay County school board to call a special session Thursday in response to the action.
The committee’s proposal to place a $26 wheel

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Clay County school board stands ground:

After hearing emotional words of encouragement like “stay strong,” “maintain your stand,” “be tough,” and “now is not the time to back down,” the Clay County school board stood their ground here last Thursday night by voting to again request a funding increase despite being asked to submit a budget without one by the county commission earlier in the week.
The unanimous vote followed passionate pleas from a standing-room-only crowd packed into the school system’s board room, but action on the request and the potential adoption of a budget may come too little too late

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Clay County shutdown looms

No headway was made last week in the budget standoff between county commissioners and school board members leaving not just the school system heading for an imminent shutdown, but also the entire county, according to Clay County mayor Dale Reagan.
“I want everybody to understand the situation we are faced with,” Reagan said

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